Your favorite film of the eighties?

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  1. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

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    Tough question. I was a teenager and an emerging film geek during the 80's and saw a lot of movies. A lot of forgettable crap, a lot of wonderful foreign films, some movies girlfriends dragged me to, and just about every giant blockbuster released during the era.

    Looking back, the ONE film that defines the decade for me is James Cameron's Aliens. I'm not arguing it's the best film of the era, only that it stands out in my memory as the singular movie going experience of the time. To this day, I've never heard a more rousing audience reaction than when Ripley shouts at the Alien Queen "Get away from her, you BITCH!"
     
  2. Roy Crossland

    Roy Crossland Forum Resident

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    The 80’s were an amazing time for film and music. Some good 80’s films:

    The Goonies
    Gremlins
    The Neverending Story
    Karate Kid
    First Blood
    The Empire Strikes Back
    The Return Of The Jedi
    Terminator
    Can’t Buy Me Love
    WarGames
    Back To The Future
    Ghostbusters

    I can go on forever! Such an inspiring decade. I am glad I was there to experience it!
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2020
  3. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

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    Amsterdam
    Good one! Yes, for sure.
     
  4. Carl LaFong

    Carl LaFong Forum Resident

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    Georgia
    One is impossible for me. Managed to boil it down to five.

    Local Hero
    Paris, Texas
    Do The Right Thing
    Wings of Desire
    After Hours
     
  5. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

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    Also, Swimming to Cambodia. Another in my personal Top Ten Ever.
     
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  6. Borgia

    Borgia Do not speak wisely of this night

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    Arkansas
    Cambodia! Damn, the Killing Fields from 1984. That was a great movie, one that I always recommend to people. You just reminded me of it when I saw your title, which I've never seen by the way.
     
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  7. '05Train

    '05Train Crashin' & Flyin' & Livin' & Dyin'

    It's a wonderfully hopeless movie that ends like Vanishing Point or Easy Rider. It's just a crackerjack movie, and both William Petersen and Willem Dafoe are outstanding.
     
  8. Revenge Of The Nerds -hands down!
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  9. Dream On

    Dream On Forum Resident

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    Canada
    Titles I've given a 9 to on IMDB (haven't given anything from the 80's a 10):

    Stand By Me
    The Shining
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Body Double
    Do the Right Thing
     
  10. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    wings of desire.

    i saw it more times in the theater than i did star wars, and that's saying something.
     
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  11. surforia

    surforia Forum Resident

    The Goonies
     
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  12. PianoMangler

    PianoMangler Forum Resident

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    Germany
    I like comedies, so...

    Spaceballs
    Back to the Future
    Trading Places
    Tootsie
    A Fish Called Wanda
    The Naked Gun
    Ruthless People
    Overboard
    All of Me
     
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  13. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

    Do the Right Thing

    runner up - Stand By Me
     
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  14. x2zero

    x2zero Forum Resident

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    Brooklyn USA
    Return of the Living Dead
    Withnail and I
    Broadway Danny Rose
     
  15. Original Hits

    Original Hits Active Member

    Blue Velvet
    The Right Stuff
    Ran
    Atlantic City
    Broadway Danny Rose
     
  16. SteveRes

    SteveRes Forum Resident

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    UK
  17. jlocke08

    jlocke08 Forum Resident

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    Washington
    #1 Die Hard
    guilty pleasure Big Trouble in Little China
    19 more-
    My Left Foot
    Fitzcarraldo
    A Better Tomorrow
    Trading Places
    Glory
    Local Hero
    My Favorite Year
    Roger & Me
    Broadcast News
    First Blood
    Manhunter
    Predator
    Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Do The Right Thing
    The Right Stuff
    Princess Bride
    Scarface
    Das Boot
     
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  18. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    Chariots of Fire, 1981, was an example of an inspirational film that seems a rare commodity these days. The Mission, 1986, was another one.
     
  19. jeffd7030

    jeffd7030 Somebody said 'Fair Warning'...

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    Hampden, ME
    Back to the Future
    Caddyshack

    Back in the 1980s I may have said Commando, Rambo, or Pee Wees Big Adventure
     
  20. Geithals

    Geithals Forum Resident

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    Reykjavik
    No mention yet (I think) of Missing 1982 Costa Gavras.
     
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  21. Timeless Classics

    Timeless Classics Senior Member

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    USA
    Love Geena Davis! She doesn’t get many mentions anymore and often forgotten.
     
  22. Timeless Classics

    Timeless Classics Senior Member

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    USA
    So many, but my favorite always come down to:
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    Back to the Future
     
  23. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits.... Thread Starter

    This and ThePredator.
     
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  24. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

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    Central PA
    This thread must assume I had only ten years, to see just a couple of good films.

    Admittedly, the Philco was out a lot during the decade, tubes were hard to come by in rural Indiana...
     
  25. Panther

    Panther Forum Resident

    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Blade Runner

    The Karate Kid

    Paris, Texas

    Au revoir les enfants

    Mitt Liv Som Hund (My Life as a Dog)

    Heathers

    Drugstore Cowboy

    Say Anything...
     

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